HOW TO TREAT SILK
Silk is a delicate material. To avoid shrinkage and tears of sadness, we recommend you hand wash your silk garment. Machine washing is far too rough for such a fragile textile. Your bathroom or kitchen sink should do the trick. We suggest a teaspoon of liquid soap and water on the verge of feeling cold (around 30°C). Do not soak the garment in the soapy water, a good dip will do. When hanging your silk to dry, do not hang it directly in the sun, as sun can bleach the garment. And remember: silk should always be ironed inside out on a low setting.
HOW TO TREAT VISCOSE
Some fabrics are trickier than others! Viscose can be machine washed but must be handled with care. When wet, the fabric becomes fragile and must not be stretched. We recommend you hand wash your viscose garment in temperate water and gently work the soap suds into the clothing. Make note: viscose shrinks so iron inside out to reach normal fit.
HOW TO GET OFF WINE STAINS
In case of red wine on your whites? Don’t worry. To get rid of the stain, blot it with a clean white towel dampened with club soda. White wine is not as easy to spot, but when spotted, flush with cold water and blot dry with a towel.
HOW TO TREAT YOUR SUIT
Though your suit can handle a hard day’s and night’s wear, this garment also needs to be treated with the utmost care. To help you get it right, we’ve compiled a few easy-to-follow guidelines.
It might sound counterintuitive: but dry cleaning is hard on your suits. Overdry-cleaning your suit will wear away the natural fibres and take years off its lifespan. So, take your suit to the dry cleaner just once a year. In the meantime, invest in a fabric brush and clean your suit every once in a while to remove marks. If your suit has creased, try hanging it in the bathroom while running a hot, steamy shower – that should do the trick!
HOW TO MAKE YOUR SUIT LAST
While keeping fresh and clean is generally the best policy, weather happens and nights out run late. After being in a smoky environment, let your suit air out in a ventilated room for a day – or two. The natural fibres of the fabric need to breathe and release any residue odour. So, rotate your suits and give them at least a day of rest after each use.
Remember to stop by your local SELECTED store to have your garment steamed and get even more how-to advice on product care from our expert in-store staff.